How cloud computing can help accommodate data growth

Posted by Justin Hesser on April 16, 2013

The cloud offers myriad advantages over more traditional forms of data storage because of its ability to stretch and accommodate growing volumes. Unlike a physical server with a drive designed to store a specified amount of information, organizations that implement a cloud computing solution can add virtual storage space, which is considerably easier than replacing physical machines. In the era of big data, more businesses are using the cloud to accommodate their own growth. 

An article in Forbes underlines the importance of the cloud in any data management program. Michael Goodenough, the article's author, lists a number of reasons why businesses must ensure they can handle data growth. In addition to keeping the business moving in the right direction, there are regulatory factors to consider as well. 

"Once companies have eliminated unnecessary data and implemented an information lifecycle management solution, they'll eventually need a data storage solution," Goodenough writes. "Compliance, data retention requirements, and the rising cost of hardware infrastructure are pushing businesses to explore alternatives to traditional storage."

However, simply implementing a system designed to manage increased data will only go so far. It's just as important to have a system to manage the cloud storage environment. Designing a custom database software system that can be hosted in a cloud environment can allow users to access and manage pertinent information without compromising efficiency or risking the loss of data.

Systems created in FileMaker are ideal for the cloud environment because they too can scale to accommodate new data. This virtual solution gives businesses the flexibility they need to allow data to keep growing without having to make new physical installations. The streamlined process will keep companies running while their information volumes continue to rise.